This will be my first time to Greece with my 19-year-old son and 16-year old daughter. We will be there for 10 days beginning March 16th and I'm stringing together this trip at the last minute. I can't decide whether to go to Ikaria or Santorini. I'm interested in visiting Ikaria because it is a Blue Zone, an area in the world with one of the largest concentrations of centenarians. But....I know Santorini is gorgeous and it's often what people envision when they visit Greece. So I'm trying to decide which to visit. We will probably spend a day in Athens to recover from a long flight, then go to either Ikaria or Santorini for 4-5 days and then back to Athens for the last few days of the trip.
The other option is to skip Athens and use it as a base just for our first day and perhaps our last day in Greece.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!